Mt. Saint Macrina


Once named Oak Hill, this was the palatial estate of former weathy coal baron, J.V. Thompson, one of the leading figures in the great coal and coke boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Thompson had dealings in coal lands all over Southwestern PA (Friendship Hill was once his summer home), but financial reverses eventually forced him into bankruptcy.

In 1933 the Byzantine Catholic Order of Sisters of St. Basil acquired the property. The Thompson mansion, visible from Route 40, is now the Sister's retreat center. The annual Labor Day weekend pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help draws thousands of visitors and is open to the public.

Tours of the mansion only occur occasionally thoughout the year, most notably on Labor Day weekend. However the grounds of the former estate are open to the public and are spectacular.








Byzantine Catholic Order of Sisters of St. Basil
500 West Main Street
Uniontown, PA 15401


Directions From the Inne at watsons Choice
234 Balsinger Road, Uniontown, PA 15401
Head east on Balsinger Rd/Old State Rte 21 toward S&T Dr 0.2 mi
Turn left onto Denney Rd 1.0 mi
Slight right to stay on Denney Rd 0.2 mi
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto New Salem Rd 2.8 mi
Turn right onto US-40 E
Destination will be on the left

Google Map

  While you're in the area, you might check out these attractions.

Historic Uniontown
Searight Tollhouse



234 Balsinger Road
Village of Balsinger
Uniontown, Pa 15401

Bill and Nancy Ross
Inn Keepers



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